Introduction to Digital Humanities

RELI/ENGL 39, Fall 2015, University of the Pacific

Shakespeare’s Works on Voyant

Voyant is an interesting website that enables scholars to analyze themes of novels. It is a caring software that helps people to save a significant amount of time in understanding the main ideas of digital texts. I remember that we used to have to read and annotate to comprehend books. Voyant helps highlight the most important concepts for readers in books. I tested Shakespeare’s novels on Voyant to experience several features. The most frequent word is shall which appears over two thousand times. I also selected few words to see whether they have correlation in Shakespeare’s novels. The words lord, death and world all have a high correlation in Hamlet which enables scholars to compare the themes of Shakespeare’s novels all at once.

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The feature that I found most interesting on Voyant is the word cloud. I think it helps a lot to know many of key words in novels that I am interested to read.

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4 Comments

  1. I liked how you pointed out that Voyant can highlight “the most important concepts” in a text. It can definitely point out recurring themes in a work, which can help when we further analyze stories.

    • Hank

      September 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Yeah I remember we used to have to annotate to prepare for essays. Voyant is convenient and useful tool that saves a lot of our time!

  2. I like how you talked about the “word cloud” in Voyant, because it actually does help identify key words in the text. Good job!!

    • Hank

      September 3, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      The word cloud feature is amazing because it gives me a concise information about what I need to know about literature or novels.

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